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Annecy Festival Postpones Outdoor Screenings After Knife Attack

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Pat Saperstein Deputy Editor The Annecy International Animation Festival has postponed outdoor screenings until Monday after Thursday’s knife attack at a playground near the lakeside screening venue in the French mountain resort town.

However, the festival will open as planned on Sunday. Six people, included four young children, were wounded in the attack, which was characterized as an isolated incident.

The suspect, a 31-year-old Syrian national with refugee status in Sweden, is in custody. Festival head Mickaël Marin and his team said in a statement, “The people of Annecy, France, and farther afield, have all been shaken to the core by yesterday’s tragic events.

It has now been established that this was an isolated act. “In consultation with the authorities and as specified by Mayor François Astorg, the Festival will be opening on Sunday 11th June.

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